Tina M. Trifaro

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Trifaro,-TinaTina M. Trifaro

Acosta Sales & Marketing
Customer Business Manager

Years with company: 9 years with Acosta and a total of 24 years in the Food Industry.   

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:  B.S. Marketing Degree from Siena College.  Involved in the Acosta Culture Committee and Food Bank.

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:  I am fortunate to have had many mentors in my career.   One of my most important mentors was an amazing supervisor, when I was a buyer, who had a vast array of knowledge in the food business.  He took me under his wing and helped me develop a strong understanding of category management which gave me the skills to keep moving forward.   Another important mentor for me was my first supervisor at Acosta, Tom Ferrara.  He taught me how to be a food broker.  He supported me and pushed me to do more and set myself apart from competitors; always there coaching my every move. I am truly grateful to all the mentors in my life.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?  I am most proud of the experience I have achieved over the years in the grocery business; learning every aspect from in store work, buying, category management and calling on customer headquarters.  Having this experience has both helped and challenged me.  I am especially proud of being a three time Chairman’s Bronze Award winner since I started with Acosta.

Most challenging part of your job:  Balance is the most challenging.  Understanding client’s goals and objectives and then delivering them to the customer and vice versa.  I need to do both well.  Keeping things at an even keel and doing what’s best for the company.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: My advice is to be passionate about what you do every day, always being honest, trustworthy, organized and show respect.

Hobbies:  Spending time with my family, shopping, boating, gardening and traveling.